JP2009206943A - Portable communication terminal - Google Patents

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JP2009206943A
JP2009206943A JP2008048189A JP2008048189A JP2009206943A JP 2009206943 A JP2009206943 A JP 2009206943A JP 2008048189 A JP2008048189 A JP 2008048189A JP 2008048189 A JP2008048189 A JP 2008048189A JP 2009206943 A JP2009206943 A JP 2009206943A
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Makoto Chishima
Ryuta Fujisawa
Tetsuya Takenaka
誠 千嶋
哲也 竹中
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<P>PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To provide a portable communication terminal capable of efficiently performing multimode communication corresponding to battery voltage without causing an unanticipated situation for a user while easily obtaining battery residual quantity. <P>SOLUTION: If an external apparatus 200 provided with a second radio communication means 202 is connected through an interface 107 when a first radio communication means 102 is in communication and battery voltage is a prescribed value Vth4 or less, the first radio communication means 102 of which the power supply is much is turned to a use stop state and a battery display indicating battery residual quantity is changed from a battery display based on the first radio communication means 102 to a battery display based on the second radio communication means 202 by display changing means (111,106). <P>COPYRIGHT: (C)2009,JPO&INPIT

Description

  The present invention relates to a mobile communication terminal.

  Conventionally, various mobile communication systems such as PDC (Personal Digital Cellular), W-CDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access), cdma2000 1x, PHS (Personal Handy-phone System), wireless LAN (Local Area Network), Bluetooth, etc. Wireless communication systems are being operated. Also, standardization of high-speed wireless communication such as WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) is being promoted. Each of these wireless communication systems has different characteristics.

  For example, since the PHS has a small cell area, the PHS has an advantage that the number of usable terminals per unit area can be increased and the frequency utilization efficiency is high. In addition, the PHS terminal only needs to receive the individual call signal (PCH: Paging Channel) while capturing the base station (CS: Cell Station), and since the interval is long, the advantage is that the standby time is long. There is also. However, since the area covered by one cell is small, there is a drawback that communication is likely to be interrupted if communication is performed while moving at a high speed.

  On the other hand, for example, since W-CDMA has a large cell area, it can be used while moving over a wide range at high speed. However, since the W-CDMA terminal performs despreading processing and the like in incoming call monitoring, cell signal level monitoring, and the like, the standby time is significantly shorter than that of the PHS terminal.

  Furthermore, the wireless LAN represented by IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) 802.11b, which is widely used, has hot spots arranged in coffee shops and public facilities, and can perform communication of up to 11 Mbps. it can. However, since this wireless LAN is assumed to be used indoors, the cell area is as small as about 10 m in radius.

  Recently, multi-mode portable communication terminals that can seamlessly use different wireless communication systems have been studied. For example, a mobile communication terminal that switches a wireless communication system according to the moving speed of the terminal or switches between wireless communication systems by determining the length of standby time in a plurality of wireless communication systems based on the remaining battery level is known. (For example, refer to Patent Document 1).

JP 2004-235863 A

  Conventionally proposed multi-mode mobile communication terminals are premised on incorporating a plurality of wireless communication means corresponding to a plurality of wireless communication systems in the terminal.

  On the other hand, as a multi-mode compatible mobile communication terminal as described above, a wireless communication unit of a main wireless communication system (hereinafter also referred to as a main system as appropriate) is built in, and a wireless communication such as a wireless LAN or Bluetooth as a subordinate. A wireless communication means of the system (hereinafter also referred to as a sub system as appropriate) may be configured to be added via an interface by inserting an SD card (Secure Digital card), USB (Universal Serial Bus) connection, or the like.

  In the mobile communication terminal having such a configuration, since the secondary system is added via an interface, generally, power consumption required for communication in the secondary system is less than power consumption required for communication in the main system. However, since each communication system is an independent system, communication can be performed simultaneously. For this reason, especially when the battery voltage is low, communication was possible in either one of the systems, but communication in both systems was performed at the same time. May occur, the terminal is turned off, and both cannot communicate.

  For example, when a call is made to make a call in the main system while browsing in the sub system, the power may be turned off. In this case, browsing in the secondary system may be continued unless the main system that consumes more power than the secondary system is activated. Similarly, the power may be turned off when a call from the main system is answered while browsing in the sub system. In this case as well, browsing in the secondary system may continue unless the main system that consumes more power than the secondary system is activated.

  Furthermore, while browsing in the secondary system, the main system started receiving data of a broadcast / multicast service (Broadcast / Multicast Services: hereinafter abbreviated as BCMCS as appropriate) according to the schedule. In some cases, the power is turned off. In this case, it is difficult to acquire BCMCS data to the end because the original battery level is low, and it will be necessary to acquire data by unicast later, and it is easy to predict that browsing will be redone. It is beneficial to be able to use the service that the user wants to use now. In this case, if reception of BCMCS data by the main system is refrained, browsing in the sub system can be continued without turning off the terminal.

  As described above, in a mobile communication terminal to which a secondary system can be added, an unexpected situation occurs for the user, such as the power supply of the terminal itself being turned off depending on the operating status of the main system and the secondary system depending on the battery voltage. There is concern about inviting.

  As a method for solving such a problem, when the remaining battery level is not communicable by the wireless communication means of the main system (hereinafter also referred to as main communication means as appropriate), the sub-system with lower power consumption than the main communication means It is conceivable to perform communication using only the wireless communication means (hereinafter also referred to as sub-communication means as appropriate). However, normally, the mobile communication terminal uses a built-in main communication means as a battery display indicating the remaining battery level in the pictogram area of the display unit. The mark is displayed. In addition, when the remaining battery level cannot be communicated by the main communication means, the terminal is turned off.

  For this reason, when communication is performed using only the sub-communication means, communication with the sub-communication means can be performed without turning off the power of the terminal even if the remaining battery level cannot be communicated with the main communication means. Is required. In addition, when only the sub-communication means is used in this way, the battery display corresponding to the remaining battery level is displayed for the use of the sub-communication means, so that the user knows the usable state of the sub-communication means. This is effective in avoiding unexpected situations such as unexpected power-off due to a low battery level.

  Therefore, an object of the present invention made in view of such a point is that multi-mode communication according to the battery voltage can be efficiently executed while easily grasping the remaining battery level without causing an unexpected situation to the user. It is to provide a portable communication terminal.

The invention of the mobile communication terminal according to claim 1 that achieves the above object is as follows:
First wireless communication means corresponding to the first wireless communication system;
An interface that allows external devices to be detachably connected;
Determining means for determining whether or not the external device connected to the interface is a second wireless communication means compatible with the second wireless communication system and consuming less power than the first wireless communication means; ,
Battery voltage detection means for detecting the battery voltage of the power supply unit including the battery;
When the determination means determines the connection of the second wireless communication means, when the first wireless communication means is communicating and the battery voltage detected by the battery voltage detection means is less than a predetermined value, Control means for controlling the first wireless communication means to a use stop state;
When the first wireless communication unit is deactivated by the control unit, the battery display indicating the remaining battery level is changed from the battery display based on the first wireless communication unit to the battery display based on the second wireless communication unit. Display change means to
It is characterized by having.

The invention according to claim 2 is the portable communication terminal according to claim 1,
The display changing unit displays a remaining amount mark indicating the remaining battery level as a battery display based on the second wireless communication unit in a display mode more detailed than in the battery display based on the first wireless communication unit. It is characterized by that.

  The portable communication terminal according to the present invention consumes power when the first wireless communication unit is communicating and the battery voltage is equal to or lower than a predetermined value and an external device including the second wireless communication unit is connected via the interface. The first wireless communication unit with a large amount of power is suspended, and the battery display indicating the remaining battery level is changed from the battery display based on the first wireless communication unit to the battery display based on the second wireless communication unit. As a result, communication by the second wireless communication means with low power consumption can be executed, so multimode communication according to the battery voltage can be executed efficiently while easily grasping the remaining battery level, and the terminal power supply It is possible to lengthen the usage time of the terminal by avoiding unexpected turn-off.

  Hereinafter, embodiments of the present invention will be described with reference to the drawings.

  FIG. 1 is a functional block diagram showing a configuration of a main part of a mobile communication terminal according to an embodiment of the present invention. The mobile communication terminal 100 is a mobile phone terminal, which includes an antenna 101, a wireless unit 102, a power supply unit 103 including a battery, a battery voltage detection unit 104 that measures the battery voltage of the power supply unit 103, and an operation unit 105 such as an input key or a touch panel. , LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) and OEL (Organic Electro Luminescence) display unit 106, SD I / F 107 to insert SD I / F compatible card, SD I / F compatible card inserted into SD I / F 107 detected An external slot detection unit 108, a ROM 109 and a RAM 110 for writing software and the like, and a control unit 111 for controlling the overall operation.

  The wireless unit 102 is a first wireless communication unit (hereinafter referred to as main communication unit as appropriate) corresponding to a first wireless communication system (main system) such as cdma2000 1x or W-CDMA which is a wireless communication system provided by a communication carrier. The transmission means, the reception means, and the like are built-in, and radio waves can be transmitted and received via the antenna 101. Here, for convenience of explanation, it is assumed that the main system performs cdma2000 1x communication involving transmission and reception (hereinafter, abbreviated as 1x communication as appropriate) and communication using cdma2000 1xEV-DO. BCMCS (Broadcast / Multicast Services) is performed by receiving data by cdma2000 1xEV-DO.

  Further, the SD wireless card 200 can be inserted into and removed from the SD I / F 107 as an SD I / F compatible card. The SD wireless card 200 corresponds to the second wireless communication system (sub system), and the SD I / F 201 and second wireless communication means (hereinafter referred to as sub communication means as appropriate) for communication by the sub system. A radio unit 202 and an antenna 203, a ROM 204 and a RAM 205 for writing software and the like of the sub system, and a control unit 206 for controlling the overall operation are included.

  The SD wireless card 200 is connected to the mobile communication terminal 100 by being inserted into the SD I / F 107 of the mobile communication terminal 100, and is supplied with power from the power supply unit 103, whereby the sub system independently of the main system is used. Communication can be executed. Therefore, the main communication unit and the sub communication unit can execute communication at the same time. Here, for convenience of explanation, it is assumed that the SD wireless card 200 performs wireless LAN communication.

  In the present embodiment, the current consumption during 1x communication of the main system is, for example, 40 mA at the demodulator, 70 mA at the maximum in the modulator, and 450 mA at the maximum in the transmitter. Therefore, if the battery voltage when the power supply voltage is reduced is 3.4 V, for example, the power consumption at this time is 3.4 × (40 + 70 + 450) = 1904 (mW). On the other hand, the SD wireless card 200 of the sub wireless system is driven at, for example, 3.3V, and the current consumption during wireless LAN communication is, for example, 110 mA in the transmission mode and 50 mA in the reception mode. Therefore, if the average current is 80 mA, the power consumption is 3.3 × 80 = 264 (mW), which is less than that of 1 × communication. Further, the total current consumption of the wireless communication terminal 100 when 1x communication and wireless LAN communication are performed simultaneously is, for example, about 700 mA.

  FIG. 2 is a diagram showing an example of the discharge rate-voltage characteristics of the battery constituting the power supply unit 103 shown in FIG. Here, if the main communication means is waiting for an incoming call (when waiting), if only the sub-communication means is executing wireless LAN communication (when using a wireless LAN), only the BCMCS data reception is executed by the main communication means (When BCMCS), only 1x communication is executed by the main communication means (when 1x is used), 1x communication is executed by the main communication means, and at the same time wireless LAN communication is executed by the sub communication means (1x + wireless LAN) When in use). When the wireless LAN is used, the main communication means is waiting for an incoming call. In addition, the above “in use” indicates a state in which communication is performed.

  As is clear from FIG. 2, the battery generally has a lower voltage as the discharge rate becomes higher, and a voltage drop increases as the current increases. In addition, a mobile phone terminal normally uses a lithium-ion battery with a rating of 3.7V, and in the case of a 1x system mobile phone terminal, for example, the battery voltage cannot be communicated at around 3.4V. It is designed to automatically turn off the power of the terminal itself when it becomes 3V or less. For this reason, in the 1x system mobile phone terminal, in order to show the remaining battery level to the user, the remaining battery level is predicted from the battery voltage and displayed on the display unit with 1 to 3 lights, or the battery voltage is 3.4 V or lower. Or “Low Batt” is displayed.

  In the present embodiment, for example, a lithium-ion battery having a rating of 3.7 V is used as the battery accommodated in the power supply unit 103, and the first threshold value (Vth1), the second threshold value (Vth2), and the third value are compared with the battery voltage. A threshold value (Vth3) and a fourth threshold value (Vth4) are set, and the operation is controlled based on a comparison between these threshold values and the battery voltage detected by the battery voltage detection unit 104.

  Here, Vth1 is a use limit voltage. Vth2 is a voltage that becomes Vth1 or less when 1x communication is performed when the wireless LAN is used or in standby. Vth3 is a voltage that is equal to or lower than Vth1 when BCMCS data is received when the wireless LAN is used or in standby. Vth4 is a predetermined value of the present invention, and is a voltage that becomes Vth1 or less when wireless LAN communication is performed during 1x communication (when 1x is used), standby, or BCMCS data reception. Vth1, Vth2, Vth3, and Vth4 are voltages indicating the above concept. In practice, it is preferable to use a voltage (predetermined value) having a slightly higher margin than the above-described voltages. . In the present embodiment, these threshold values are stored in advance in the ROM 109 or RAM 110 as Vth1 <Vth4 <Vth3 <Vth2.

  Further, the battery voltage of the power supply unit 103 is constantly detected by the battery voltage detection unit 104 and compared with a required threshold value by the control unit 111 or detected at a predetermined cycle, and the detected battery voltage is stored in the RAM 110. In the control unit 111, the latest battery voltage stored in the RAM 110 is compared with a required threshold value.

  Next, an operation example of the mobile communication terminal 100 according to the present embodiment will be described with reference to the flowcharts shown in FIGS.

  FIG. 3 is a flowchart showing an operation example including detection of insertion of a card into the SD I / F 107. First, the external slot detection unit 108 monitors whether or not a card has been inserted into the SD I / F 107 (step S101). When the external slot detection unit 108 detects insertion of a card, the control unit 111 determines whether the card is a communication card having a wireless function (step S102). Therefore, the control unit 111 also constitutes a determination unit that determines whether the external device connected to the SD I / F 107 includes a sub communication unit corresponding to a sub system that consumes less power than the main system.

  As a result, if it is not a communication card, for example, in the case of a memory card, a sequence corresponding to the memory card is operated (step S103). On the other hand, in the case of the SD wireless card 200, the control unit 111 checks the communication state whether or not the main communication means is in 1x communication (for example, browsing) (step S104).

  Here, when the main communication means is performing 1x communication, the control unit 111 next determines whether or not the battery voltage measured by the battery voltage detection unit 104 is equal to or lower than Vth4 (step S105). As a result, when the battery voltage is equal to or lower than Vth4, the control unit 111 displays on the display unit 106 that communication by the main communication means is stopped (step S106), and thereafter an operation such as removing the SD wireless card 200. If there is no (step S107), the main communication means is suspended while the 1x communication (browsing) application is running (step S108). Thereafter, the control unit 111 waits for an operation of the application (step S109), and when there is an operation that requires communication, starts wireless LAN communication by the sub system. As a result, the browsing performed by the 1x communication of the main system is continued on the wireless LAN of the sub system (step S110).

  If the control unit 111 determines in step S104 that the main communication means is not in 1x communication (in use), the control unit 111 proceeds to step S109 to execute the application by the wireless LAN of the sub system. If the battery voltage exceeds Vth4 in S105, the process proceeds to step S109, and independent simultaneous communication between both systems is permitted. In addition, when the control unit 111 performs an operation of removing the SD wireless card 200 from the SD I / F 107 in Step S107 (Yes in Step S107), the control unit 111 continues browsing by the main communication unit.

  As described above, when the secondary communication unit is added during communication (browsing) by the main communication unit, the mobile communication terminal 100 according to the present embodiment has a main voltage when the battery voltage becomes Vth4 or less. The application that the communication means is communicating does not end, and the main communication means that consumes more power than the sub-communication means is deactivated, and the application that the main communication means is communicating with becomes the main communication means. It will be handed over to the sub-communication means with lower power consumption. Thus, by using both at the same time, it is possible to prevent the mobile communication terminal 100 from being unintentionally disabled, so that an unexpected situation is not caused to the user, and the use of the mobile communication terminal 100 is prevented. The time can be extended. For example, since the total current consumption of the wireless communication terminal 100 when 1x communication and wireless LAN communication are performed simultaneously is about 700 mA as described above, the current consumption is reduced by 70% or more when the main communication means is stopped. It becomes possible to do.

  Similarly, even when the SD wireless card 200 has been inserted and the wireless LAN is used, the mobile communication terminal 100 becomes unusable due to the start of communication of the sub-communication means by performing the processing after step S104. Can be prevented, and the same effect can be obtained.

  FIG. 4 is a flowchart showing an operation example when 1x communication by the main communication unit and wireless LAN communication by the sub communication unit are performed simultaneously. First, the control unit 111 monitors whether or not the battery voltage measured by the battery voltage detection unit 104 is equal to or lower than Vth1 (step S201). When the voltage is equal to or lower than Vth1, the main communication unit and the sub communication unit communicate with each other. The communication state is checked whether it is in the middle (step S202). Here, when the main communication means and the sub-communication means are in communication (Yes in step S202), the control unit 111 displays on the display unit 106 that the main communication means must be stopped and displays the main communication. Stop communication by means to make it out of service area. As a result, the main communication means with high power consumption notifies the user of the fact that the use is stopped (step S203).

  Thereafter, when the wireless LAN communication (for example, browsing) by the sub-communication unit is completed (step S204), the control unit 111 checks the remaining battery level by the battery voltage detection unit 104 (step S205). Here, the main communication means is stopped, and the sub-communication means is not communicating, so it is assumed to approximate the battery voltage at the time of standby. It is determined whether or not the battery voltage is Vth2 or less (step S206). As a result, if it is not less than Vth2, the control unit 111 automatically searches for the main communication means and waits for it, or allows the user to select whether or not communication of the main communication means is possible (not shown). FIG. 4 shows a case in which standby is performed by automatically searching, whereby the standby of the main communication means is resumed, and a notification to that effect is given to the user (step S207). Note that if the battery voltage is determined to be Vth2 or less in step S206, the control unit 111 does not return the main communication unit to the standby state. Further, in the above description, Vth2 is used as an approximation to the battery voltage at the time of standby. However, a new threshold value may be stored and set, and determination may be performed using the new threshold value and battery voltage. In step S202, when one of the main communication means and the sub communication means is communicating (No in step S202), a shutdown sequence of the communicating means in communication is executed (step S208).

  As a result, while the 1x communication by the main communication unit and the wireless LAN communication by the sub communication unit are simultaneously performed, the power supply unit 103 is turned off due to a decrease in the battery voltage, and both communication are abnormally terminated simultaneously. Instead, when the battery voltage drops below Vth1, browsing by the sub-communication means with low power consumption can be continued. Therefore, the function as a communication device can be utilized to the maximum and the usage time of the mobile communication terminal 100 can be extended.

  FIG. 5 shows a case where the battery voltage drops below Vth1 when the 1 × communication (voice call) by the main communication means and the wireless LAN communication (for example, browsing) by the sub communication means described in FIG. It is a flowchart which shows the operation example in the case of implement | achieving the voice call by a main communication means with a subcommunication means with little power consumption. First, the control unit 111 monitors whether or not the battery voltage measured by the battery voltage detection unit 104 is equal to or lower than Vth1 (step S301). When the voltage is equal to or lower than Vth1, the main communication unit and the sub communication unit communicate with each other. The communication state is checked whether it is in the middle (step S302).

  Here, when the main communication means and the sub-communication means are in communication (Yes in step S302), the control unit 111 refers to the address of the partner terminal that is making a voice call using the main communication means. (Step S303), it is determined whether or not VoIP communication is possible in the secondary system (Step S304). As a result, when the VoIP communication is possible at the partner terminal, the control unit 111 calls the partner by the sub system (step S305). Thereafter, when the other party responds, the control unit 111 starts VoIP communication in the sub system (step S306), and the main communication means ends the voice call and leaves the service area. As a result, the main communication means that consumes a large amount of power is suspended, and the user is notified of this fact (step S307). Note that the control unit 111 similarly executes step S307 when it is determined in step S304 that the VoIP communication cannot be performed by the sub-communication means, or when the partner does not respond to VoIP for a predetermined time in step S306.

  Thereafter, when the wireless LAN communication (VoIP or browsing) by the sub-communication means is completed (step S308), the control unit 111 checks the remaining battery level by the battery voltage detection unit 104 (step S309). Here, the main communication means is stopped, and the sub-communication means is not communicating, so it is assumed to approximate the battery voltage at the time of standby. It is determined whether or not the battery voltage is Vth2 or less (step S310). As a result, if it is not less than Vth2, the control unit 111 automatically searches for the main communication means and waits for it, or allows the user to select whether or not communication of the main communication means is possible (not shown). FIG. 5 shows a case in which standby is performed by automatically searching, as in the case of FIG. 4, whereby the standby of the main communication means is resumed and a notice to that effect is given to the user (step S311). Note that if the battery voltage is determined to be Vth2 or less in step S310, the control unit 111 does not return the main communication unit to the standby state. Further, in the above description, Vth2 is used as an approximation to the battery voltage at the time of standby. However, a new threshold value may be stored and set, and determination may be performed using the new threshold value and battery voltage. In step S302, when one of the main communication means and the sub communication means is communicating (No in step S302), a shutdown sequence of the communicating means in communication is executed (step S312).

  As a result, while the voice communication by the main communication means and the browsing by the sub-communication means are simultaneously performed, the power supply unit 103 is turned off due to a decrease in the battery voltage, and both communications are not terminated abnormally at the same time. When the battery voltage drops below Vth1, the voice communication by the main communication means can be continued by the sub communication means with low power consumption. Therefore, the function as a telephone can be utilized to the maximum.

  FIG. 6 is a flowchart showing an operation example when the battery voltage becomes Vth2 or less when wireless LAN communication (for example, browsing) is performed using the sub-communication means. First, when the battery voltage measured by the battery voltage detection unit 104 becomes Vth2 (step S401), the control unit 111 notifies the user that the standby in the main communication means is ended by the display unit 106 or the like (step S401). S402). Further, the control unit 111 terminates the power supply to the transmission unit (not shown) of the wireless unit 102, and does not return a message such as Ack to the base station even if there is an incoming call. As a state, the transmission by the main communication means is prohibited and the use is stopped (step S403).

  Thereafter, when the browsing by the sub-communication means is completed (step S404), the control unit 111 checks the remaining battery level by the battery voltage detection unit 104 (step S405). Here, the main communication means is stopped, and the sub-communication means is not communicating, so it is assumed to approximate the battery voltage at the time of standby. It is determined whether or not the battery voltage is equal to or lower than Vth2 (step S406). As a result, if it is not Vth2 or less, the control unit 111 causes the user to select whether or not to wait for the main communication means to be resumed (step S407), and automatically selects the main communication means when standby resumption is selected. The area search is performed (step S408) to return to the standby state (step S409). Note that the control unit 111 does not return the main communication unit to the standby state when it is determined in step S406 that the battery voltage is equal to or lower than Vth2 or when standby restart is not selected in step S407. If the battery voltage is determined to be Vth2 or higher, the standby of the main communication means may be automatically resumed (not shown). Further, in the above description, Vth2 is used as an approximation to the battery voltage at the time of standby. However, a new threshold value may be stored and set, and determination may be performed using the new threshold value and battery voltage.

  According to this operation example, for example, when the battery voltage drops to Vth2 or lower during browsing by the sub-communication means, the main communication means becomes in a disabled state, so that the standby main communication means is idle handoff (base station switching). It is possible to prevent the wireless communication terminal 100 from being unusable because the power supply unit 103 is turned off due to the start of a process involving transmission of an incoming call response or the like. Thereby, browsing by the sub-communication means with low power consumption can be normally terminated.

  FIG. 7 is a flowchart showing an operation example in the case where BCMCS data reception by the main communication unit and wireless LAN communication (for example, browsing) by the sub communication unit are performed simultaneously. First, during reception of BCMCS data, the external slot detection unit 108 monitors whether or not a card is inserted into the SD I / F 107 (step S501). When the external slot detection unit 108 detects insertion of a card, the control unit 111 determines whether or not the card is a communication card having a wireless function (step S502). As a result, if it is not a communication card, for example, in the case of a memory card, a sequence corresponding to the memory card is operated (step S503). On the other hand, in the case of the SD wireless card 200, the control unit 111 monitors whether or not the battery voltage measured by the battery voltage detection unit 104 is equal to or lower than Vth4 (step S504). As a result, if Vth4 or less, the control unit 111 displays on the display unit 106 that the main communication unit must be stopped (step S505), stops communication by the main communication unit, and the main communication unit. Is suspended (step S506).

  Thereafter, when the browsing by the sub-communication unit is completed (step S507), the control unit 111 checks the remaining battery level by the battery voltage detection unit 104 (step S508). Here, the main communication means is stopped, and the sub-communication means is not communicating, so it is assumed to approximate the battery voltage at the time of standby. It is determined whether or not the battery voltage is equal to or lower than Vth2 (step S509). As a result, if it is not Vth2 or less, the control unit 111 causes the user to select whether or not communication is resumed by the main communication unit (step S510), and when communication resumption is selected, the communication (standby) of the main communication unit is selected. ) Is resumed (step S511). If the battery voltage is determined to be Vth2 or less in step S509, or if the communication restart of the main communication unit is not selected in step S510, the control unit 111 keeps the main communication unit in the use stop state. To do. If the battery voltage is determined to be Vth2 or higher, the standby of the main communication means may be automatically resumed (not shown). Further, in the above description, Vth2 is used as an approximation to the battery voltage at the time of standby. However, a new threshold value may be stored and set, and determination may be performed using the new threshold value and battery voltage.

  As a result, during the simultaneous reception of BCMCS data by the main communication means and browsing by the sub-communication means, the power supply unit 103 is turned off due to a decrease in battery voltage, and both communications are terminated abnormally at the same time. However, when the battery voltage drops below Vth4, only browsing by the sub-system with low power consumption can be continued.

  Next, a display example of the remaining battery level on the display unit 106 by the mobile communication terminal 100 according to the present embodiment will be described with reference to FIG.

  As described above, for example, when the SD wireless card 200 is inserted into the SD I / F 107, the mobile communication terminal 100 according to the present embodiment is in communication with the main communication means and the battery voltage is Vth4 or less. The main communication means is stopped (OFF). In addition, since the main communication unit and the sub communication unit correspond to independent communication systems, simultaneous communication by the main communication unit and the sub communication unit is possible when the remaining battery level is sufficient. Of course, when the SD wireless card 200 is not inserted into the SD I / F 107, only communication by the main communication means is possible.

  Therefore, in the present embodiment, when only the main communication means is used, or when both the main communication means and the sub-communication means are used at the same time, the control unit 111 uses a normal battery based on the main communication means. As a display, control is performed so that battery marks of three to one light are displayed in the pictogram area of the display unit 106 according to the remaining battery level. On the other hand, when only the sub-communication means is used, the control unit 111 changes the battery display to 1x_OFF based on the sub-communication means, and displays the remaining battery level in a display mode different from the normal battery display. In response, battery marks of 8 to 1 lamp are displayed in the pictogram area of the display unit 106. That is, in the battery display based on the sub-communication means, the remaining amount mark indicating the remaining battery capacity is displayed in a display mode that is more fragmented than the battery display based on the main communication means. Therefore, in the mobile communication terminal 100 shown in FIG. 1, the control unit 111 and the display unit 106 constitute a display change unit.

  FIG. 8 shows the case of using 1x as an aspect in which only the main communication means is used, and shows the case of using 1x + wireless LAN as an aspect in which both the main communication means and the sub communication means are used simultaneously, and only the sub communication means. As a mode in which the wireless LAN is used, the wireless LAN is used. In FIG. 8, a normal battery display corresponds to 1x use, and a battery display at 1x_OFF corresponds to a wireless LAN use.

  Here, when 1x is used, the battery voltage decreases based on the discharge rate characteristics when 1x is used. Accordingly, in this case, for example, when the battery voltage corresponds to a discharge rate of 0% to 70%, three battery marks (not shown) are displayed, and for the voltage corresponding to a discharge rate of 70% to 90%. Two battery marks are displayed, and one battery mark is displayed from a voltage corresponding to a discharge rate of 90% to Vth1, which is a terminal use limit voltage. When the battery voltage reaches Vth1, the terminal is turned off.

  Further, when using the wireless LAN at 1x_OFF, the battery voltage similarly decreases based on the discharge rate characteristics when using the wireless LAN. Accordingly, in this case, for example, when the battery voltage is a voltage corresponding to a discharge rate of 0% to 58%, eight battery marks (not shown) are displayed, and at a voltage corresponding to a discharge rate of 58% to 70%. , 7 battery marks are displayed (not shown), and at a voltage corresponding to a discharge rate of 70% to 80%, 6 battery marks are displayed (not shown), and the discharge rate is 80% to 88%. In the corresponding voltage, 5 battery marks are displayed, in the voltage corresponding to the discharge rate of 88% to 90%, 4 battery marks are displayed, and in the voltage corresponding to the discharge rate of 90% to 92%, 3 The battery mark of the lamp is displayed, and at the voltage corresponding to the discharge rate of 92% to 94%, the battery mark of two lamps is displayed. From the voltage corresponding to the discharge rate of 94% to the battery voltage Vth1, the battery mark of one lamp is displayed. Is displayed. When the battery voltage reaches Vth1, the terminal is turned off.

  As described above, when the wireless communication terminal 100 according to the present embodiment uses the wireless LAN at 1x_OFF, the battery voltage is maintained even when the discharge rate (remaining battery level) at which the terminal is turned off at 1x is reached. Since Vth1 has not been reached, a battery mark corresponding to the remaining battery level is displayed for wireless LAN use without turning off the terminal. The relationship between the battery voltage corresponding to the usage mode of the main communication means and the sub-communication means and the battery mark to be displayed is stored in the ROM 109 or RAM 110 in advance, and the battery voltage detected by the battery voltage detection unit 104 is determined. Based on this, the display of the battery mark on the display unit 106 is controlled by the control unit 111. Thus, in accordance with the operation of the above-described embodiment, when the first wireless communication unit is deactivated, the second wireless communication unit (wireless) is displayed from the battery display based on the first wireless communication unit (1x). It is preferable to change to a battery display based on LAN). Of course, it may be determined whether either the first wireless communication unit or the second wireless communication unit is operating, and the battery display may be selected based on the determination.

  As described above, in the present embodiment, when a sub communication unit that consumes less power than the main communication unit is added, priority is given to the communication by the sub communication unit according to the battery voltage. Abnormal termination of the main communication means and the sub-communication means due to a decrease in battery voltage can be prevented, and as a result, the standby time of the mobile communication terminal 100 can be extended. In addition, when only the sub-communication means is used, the display is changed to the battery display based on the sub-communication means, so that the user can predict the power off due to the low battery level and avoid unexpected situations such as unexpected power off. It is possible to improve convenience.

  In addition, this invention is not limited only to the said embodiment, Many deformation | transformation or a change is possible. For example, the communication system by the main communication means is not limited to a system that receives cdma2000 1x or BCMCS data, but can be other wireless communication systems, and the sub system by the sub communication means is not limited to a wireless LAN, Any communication system different from the system can be used. Further, the number of sub-communication means is not limited to one, and the present invention can be applied effectively when a plurality of sub-communication means with different communication systems can be connected. Further, the external device is not limited to the SD card, and may be a device connected by USB.

It is a functional block diagram which shows the structure of the principal part of the mobile communication terminal which concerns on one embodiment of this invention. It is a figure which shows an example of the discharge rate-voltage characteristic of the battery which comprises the power supply part shown in FIG. 6 is a flowchart showing an operation example including detection of insertion of a card into the SD I / F of the mobile communication terminal shown in FIG. 3 is a flowchart showing an operation example of the mobile communication terminal shown in FIG. 1 when 1x communication by a main communication unit and wireless LAN communication by a sub communication unit are performed simultaneously. In FIG. 4, it is a flowchart which shows the operation example in case communication of a main communication means is implement | achieved by a subcommunication means. 3 is a flowchart illustrating an operation example of the mobile communication terminal shown in FIG. 1 when the remaining battery level becomes Vth2 or less during browsing by the sub-communication means. 3 is a flowchart showing an operation example of the mobile communication terminal shown in FIG. 1 when BCMCS data reception by a main communication unit and wireless LAN communication by a sub communication unit are performed simultaneously. It is a figure explaining the example of a display of the battery remaining charge of the portable communication terminal shown in FIG.

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DESCRIPTION OF SYMBOLS 100 Portable communication terminal 101 Antenna 102 Radio | wireless part 103 Power supply part 104 Battery voltage detection part 105 Operation part 106 Display part 107 SD I / F
108 External slot detector 109 ROM
110 RAM
111 Control unit 200 SD wireless card 201 SD I / F
202 Radio section 203 Antenna 204 ROM
205 RAM
206 Control unit

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  1. First wireless communication means corresponding to the first wireless communication system;
    An interface that allows external devices to be detachably connected;
    Determining means for determining whether or not the external device connected to the interface is a second wireless communication means compatible with the second wireless communication system and consuming less power than the first wireless communication means; ,
    Battery voltage detection means for detecting the battery voltage of the power supply unit including the battery;
    When the determination means determines the connection of the second wireless communication means, when the first wireless communication means is communicating and the battery voltage detected by the battery voltage detection means is less than a predetermined value, Control means for controlling the first wireless communication means to a use stop state;
    When the first wireless communication unit is deactivated by the control unit, the battery display indicating the remaining battery level is changed from the battery display based on the first wireless communication unit to the battery display based on the second wireless communication unit. Display change means to
    A mobile communication terminal characterized by comprising:
  2.   The display changing unit displays a remaining amount mark indicating a remaining battery level as a battery display based on the second wireless communication unit in a subdivided display mode than in the battery display based on the first wireless communication unit. The mobile communication terminal according to claim 1.
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